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stock on an app. it's part of facebook's attempt to boost popularity among younger users. those are the headlines. "america tonight" with joie chen is up next. you can get the latest news online. aljazeera.com. >> on "america tonight", can it held. amid the chaos, a ceasefire raises hopes in ukraine. it's tempered by a step back. also tonight, tapped out. a californian community counting on a steady flow of visitors. how the drought emergency is drying up hope. >> agriculture is the business of hope. you have crops and they require water. >> is there a way to grow a
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future. >> this is a story of a farmer who lost his lan. >> the jordan valley, and why the rough patch may be the best path to peace. the question this hour: is it really over? amid signs of spiraling violence and steadfast opposition ukraine's president viktor yanukovych announced just a few hours ago, he and the protesters agreed to a truce. the capital city called kiev by ukrainans, aimed at forcing change remain vivid and raise questions about this important former soviet satellite nation, and independence square.
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in the heart of kiev, the fires still smoldering, extreme tension as protesters and police alike, wait to see if the cease fire takes hold. ukrainian american george savec found himself in the middle of a war. >> there was a gate with just a small entrance, and everybody tried to push into there. and that didn't work. and i just got clubbed. >> at least 25 died, including police officers . >> translator: there are injuries caused by shrapnel, bullets an
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and rubber bullets. >> condemnation came quickly including president obama. >> we hold the ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure it's dealing with protesters in an appropriate way, and that includes making sure that a creupian military doesn't step into a. >> opposition leader many vital y ly l al klutchko. >> this is not a addres across democracy or the will of the people.
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jennifer glasse. >> getting ready for the next round of battle they say is coming. >> but in a series of rapid fire, announced a truce. calling it: the beginning of negotiations aimed at a cessation of bloodshed and stabilization of the situation in the country for the sake of civil peace. >> andre, we appreciate you being with us. is there an indication that the government is going to negotiate an end to the standoff? >> there appears to be a cease fire at the moment but everyone is prepared to see another attack by the government troops at any moment. there is not much trust by the government. >> you don't believe there's
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much trust but even though there's a cease fire at the moment you think that might last? >> absolutely. >> why are you so suspicious? >> because many times about before this has happened , they did quite the opposite. >> tell me what you are seeing, what you hear in the square now. what are people saying? >> well, people are very committed to what they do. there is no -- i would say that if someone expected to scare people away from matam they got a very different result. we have thousands of thousands of very imcommitted people ready to stay here if necessary to get the victory. >> do you think that the will of the people is in any way weakened because of how difficult these last few days have been?
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>> not really. i think many people feel quite exhausted and quite tired. on the other hand, most of the people in madan believe the stakes are much higher. many of us feel it is a unique chance to start major changes in the country. because for a couple of th decades, this country has been the postcommunist soviet legacy period. now we believe it is a chance to reestablish the country in a very noble and very promising way. >> what will end the conflict, what will end the clashes in madan now? >> people would like the justice, would like owl the police officers responsible for the violence punished, they would like the protesters released and they would like to see constitutional changes and parliamentary elections as a way
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out of crisis. >> does it require the president step down before the protesters madan? >> there are many ways where we can get presidential election but basically we're talking about yanukovych stepping down. what we have seen in the recent days and weeks, we saw yanukovych losing the last days of legitimacy, i can't believe he could be a legitimate president after what has happened. >> do you think at this point he is ready to step down? >> i think it is. and i think with this enormous pressure from the side of ukraine from the western community, i think sooner or later, yanukovych should realize, this is probably the best way for the nation and the
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best way personally for him. andre cecenko, from kiev, we appreciate you giving us the scene there. >> thank you so much, joie. >> this one much closer to us in al jazeera america. the trial in egypt of three of our staff, baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste have been in prison for over two months, and meantime, a global campaign for their release has been growing. loinc lori jane gliha has more. >> supporting terrorism by doing their jobs. journalist mohamed fahmy, producer baher
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mohamed, and correspondent peter greste are among 20 journalists facing charges. for greste, on christmas day, the government declared the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization. a culmination of a six month government standoff against the military leaders who deposed him. peter and his team went looking for the impact. >> with this charity work done there is no alternative here, no state run social security net, no other make it down here. so the government decision is only likely to increase receptment not take it away. >> security officers raided the hotel and arrested them. they were taken to torah prison where former president morsi and his staff are held. a global campaign calling for their release and press freedom
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in egypt picked up system. last month, the committee for protecting joirnltprotecting journalists named this the most dangerous place to work. across the globe leading journalists are helping to send the message through egyptian throrts authorities, even member of our staff participated in the campaign. wednesday, staff of international broadcasters, gathered outside london's embassy. >> abuse of human rights so it's really important that journalists are allowed to do their job freely in egypt. >> and it's the implications for the reporting in egypt that has international players concerned.
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>> these figures regardless of affiliation should be protected and permitted to do their jobs freely in egypt. now we have expressed these concerns directly to the government of egypt in answer to your question and we have strongly urged the government to drop these charges and release these journalists and academics who have been detained. >> indeed, arrest detention and harassment of journalists has been increasingly common in recent months. accused qatar, which bankrolls al jazeera, of supporting the muslim brotherhood. dozens of staffers in egypt have been arrested detained beatenned and harassed, their offices raided and shut down. in an interview with german television earlier this month, egypt's foreign minister insists, journalists are treated fairly.
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>> our government protects the rights of journalists. just a few days ago, our government issued a declaration welcoming the presence of foreign journalists and ensuring their rights to work. as long as they are accredited and observe egyptian law. >> ahead of the trial's start the detained journalists relatives are naturally concerned and hoping for a quick resolution. >> our first hope is as unrealistic as this might sound, that they are acquitted on the first day. the next best thing would be that there isn't a long adjournment. >> lori jane gliha, al jazeera. >> the three men on al jazeera's team on cairo aren't the only ones on trial. 17 other journalists are being tried in absent ia. here is sue's story in her own words.
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>> in one of the letters that peter greste smuggled out of cairo, was unremarkable. i was live at the arab league in cairo throughout the day when we first heard that the bureau, our bureau in cairo had been raided. so we all moved out of the bureau. we didn't go back and we moved into a hotel. the hotel being the marriott that's now accused of being the marriott terrorist cell. what we went dark for a while, what you call dark becoming the special correspondent not naming for security reasons. i reported for al jazeera america and english during that time. we would put a news story, i wouldn't put my face or name to it because we were concerned that maybe the authorities wanted to close us down completely. a few weeks later i leave, come back in and we decided to start
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broadcasting again, we started doing all sorts of stories from the political solution to pollution, tv is a tire, the cotton industry in egypt, the whole gamut of stories. when i left in the early part of november there didn't seem to be an immediate threat on our journalists. there was a crack down on all journalists in cairo, not just the foreign journalists who were many very careful who they talked to at that point but the domestic media, they started to only broadcast what the military backed government wanted to be said, wanted to be aired, saying with the print, nobody was really contradicting what the government had to say. there i was on christmas day, 25th of december, anchoring for al jazeera when peter greste popped up on a live link, telling us that the muslim brotherhood had been named a
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terrorist body by the government of egypt. impactful across the whole of egypt. small areas people protesting. that a coup had removed mohamed morsi and completely against the constitution of the country. i was thinking how peter was balanced in reporting despite the fact he has only been in cairo for couple of weeks. peter had been an east and africa correspondent for quite a long time, he is extremely experienced, he has awards for documentary in somalia, he is very much well respected. it is now 53 days since they've been in prison. 53 days certainly from the beginning of that time they were in pretty dreadful circumstances. mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed were kept in the scorpion prison, most effective
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i suppose maximum security prison this egypt and from what i understand their sort of situation there was dreadful. they were turning the lights off 24 hours a day. they were getting very little food, possessions taken from them, mohamed fahmy had a dislocated shoulder from before, it was now broken and didn't get attention. they had all been put in the same cell and things have slightly improved and we hope and we pray that that's because there has been such an uproar by the international press against their incarceration. not just on social media with a twitter campaign and on facebook, demonstrations out on the street like the one that's happened in london. but also the diplomatic pressure that's been going on across the world. a lot of the time behind closed doors. sometimes maybe the white house has come out and said we absolutely abhor what is happening in egypt and we call for the al jazeera journalists
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to be released. same with william haig in the u.c. and many other senior figures around the world and in government saying to the egyptian governments this is you locking up boang -- bona fide journalists. journalists are not terrorists. that is when the court opens on thursday, we are hoping that the where where authorities are recognizing that these are proarp journalists that they are just doing their -- proper journalists that the charges are politically motivated an they will throw these charges out against our guys and clear myself and other journalists. recognizing that they are journalists doing their job. >> al jazeera's sue turtin on the outcry to free our colleagues. when we return, tightening the taps. >> we don't serve water automatically.
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and we also make sure when people do ask for water, we don't stick it in a big cup. we stick it in a smaller cup. >> northern california's desperate measures and how close this community is to its last drop. also ahead on the program. florida's latest stand your ground controversy, a view inside the jury room, the angry fight over the verdict, why no one was convictof killing young jordan davis.
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emergency, ten municipalities in risk of running out of water in ten days. residents who depend on well water. willits, the gateway to the redwoods. as chris bury reports, desperate times are calling for desperate measures. >> the small city of willits in northern california has a big problem: it is dangerously close to running out of water. the supply is down to only about 100 days. the reservoirs that willits depends on are nearly empty. residents such as nicole flamer are approaching the point of desperation. >> we have x number of days of water left. and then what, i don't have a well at my house. >> water is so scarce, the city has ordered mandatory restrictions. 150 gallons per household per day. that's not much for a family of four.
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considering that flushing the toilet takes seven gallons. 10ist long is among those turning -- dennis long is among those turning down the pap. >> if you cut down to five minutes in a hot shower, turning off the tap and that helps. i know of sell people who are sponge-bathing. >> 150 miles north of san francisco, the city normally gets about 50 inches of rain a year. last year less than 17 inches fell, the dryest year since the state started keeping records. willits are among 17 towns to impose water restrictions. no sprinkling of lawns, washing cars is allowed only with recycled water. businesses must cut water usage by 50%, businesses are closing for house at a time. >> we don't serve water
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automatically and we also make sure when people ask for water we don't stick it in a big cup. we stick it in a smaller cup. >> at buster's burgers, on maintain street where water is the talk of the town, melody seaton and others are making a point of not wasting water. >> we have to be cautious. >> and when melody leaves home, the rationing continues. >> i have three kids. i've asked them don't leave the water running when you're brushing your teeth, use your towel twice. >> in the area south of the city, vineyards flourish. going into some of california's finest wines. here in sonoma county, in the thick of wine country, wine makers are worried about the
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worst drought i in histories , depending on the tourists that this county depends on. california has been so warm and dry that buds are appearing weeks ahead of schedule. more rain is needed for irrigating to keep them growing. john jordan whose family owns a winery and 1200 acres in sonoma county, tells us rainfall is only 1/10 of normal. >> the rainy season comes in november and december. here when normally those months when reservoirs are filling and there's no demand for water in the vineyards, instead we are actually having to draw water from reservoirs that are not filling to protect against frost and to irrigate during a time of year when rain should be
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abundant and the grapes should be receiving water from rain rather than from reservoirs. >> jordan says it's too early to know how the drought will protect this year's vintage. growers are keeping their fingers crossed. >> agriculture hope. significant quantities of water is what they require. >> much of that water comes from the russian river, a vital supply for an area from sonoma to san francisco. the tony town of healdsburg. >> the life blood, it really is, a huge source of water for drink vineyards. it's a source of water for salt salmon and steelhead.
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nobody has seen the river this low in -- that they can remember. it just hasn't happened. >> the kayak and canoe business depends directly on the russian river and the tourists who flock to wine country. but now much of the river is barely navigable. 20 feet below normal for this time of the year. >> it's pretty sobering, you can literally walk across the river. and you shouldn't be able to do that. you shouldn't be able to do that in the summertime. it's lower than i've ever seen it. it's scary, very scary. >> scary and very sobering for the mayor of healdsburg and many others. the worst drought on record has led to a new appreciation for a far more vital resource: water. chris bury al jazeera, sonoma county, california. >> following up on the
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emergency, california governor jerry brown is proposing $687 million in relief and water conservation aimed at the environment and health impacts. joining us is linda rudolph, co-director for the center for climate change and health. appreciates you being with us linda. outline for us, it's hard for us to unthat more path owe -- to understand that more path owe pathogens exposed. >> in ground award basins, what are contaminants or pathogens are going to be concentrate concentrated. just as you take salt out of a salty area you'll have more salinity. we are concerned that there are groundwater basins in california that are already contaminated
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from nitrates or nitrogen fertilizers or industrial chemicals or chemicals from industrial processes and as the water levels drop they can become more concentrated and makes it harder to treat the water. >> you're also looking at disease risk right? >> there are a couple of source he of disease risk that may be -- sources of disease risk that may be increased because of the drought. surface levels that become low may have more pathogens in them, because the water temperature rises because of e. coli or salmonella, you can get more stagnant water that provides breeding grounds for modificatio mosquito et cetera
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that transmits west nile virus. creating more dust, the dust carries pollen, particulate matter which again irritates the respiratory system. and in california's central valley may carry the spores of diseases like valley fever that is a fungal disease. >> sounds like a dust bowl period of the '30s right? >> in the '30s people had actually so much dust exposure that they died from dust pneumonia. and hopefully we won't experience that in california. >> okay quick thought here. we've heard in chris bury's report the idea of people taking shorter showers, mopping every other day, restaurants, people not getting water, in what sense, do we need to come to california to make a real difference here? >> we really need to look
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overall at how we can use our water more efficiently in agricultural and industries and in our residences, so that we are conserving what is a very, very precious resource. we need to take steps to make sure that we don't further contaminate our precious groundwater aquifers, how we can reuse or recycle water, there are many ways to do that. we need to look at capturing rainwater so we can conserve water that otherwise would run off and flood our streets so there's many, many strategies. >> gotcha. linda rudolph, thank you. thanks very much. >> when we return, breaking the silence. a juror tells what really happened behind closed doors. a gunman that fired to stand his
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s >> now a snapshot of headlines. the t.s.a. on extra alert after a threat of shoe bomb involving
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flights entering the united states. a specific float has not been identified nor is it related to the toothpaste throat linked to the winter games in sochi. >> the wisconsin national guard soldier who posted this photo on instagram has been suspended. more than a dozen soldiers were posing in front of an empty casket. >> in san diego - border patrol shot and killed someone who threw a large rock. >> the curtain is pulled back on the latest stand your ground controversy, we watched a jury debate the mate of michael dunn. over the death of jordan davis. we ponder the jury's decision.
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it misunderstand dunn guilty of attempted murder, but couldn't agree on the serious charge, first degree murder. now a juror probing her silence, telling abc news about the angry fight from the jury room and what they thought happened. >> a jury of seven women and five men convicted dunn on four of five counts of attempted murder. they were deadlocked on the first degree murder charge. juror number four identified as valerie says, "the claim of defense was the reason why". . >> i said you're not going to kill me you son of [ bleep ]. >> a life was taken, there's no longer a jordan davis, and there's one had been why that is. we pretty much knew after about two days with the self-defence thing that we'd be hung. the judge declared a mistrial on that count.
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the juror who spoke said the panel was split 9 to 3. dunn never denied shooting dave. three of the nine bullets hit jordan davis, who was in the rear passenger street. juror number four said race was never discussed. jordan davis's parents said they believe the jury acted in good faith and hope a new jury will bring justice to their son. >> criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor ken joins us from florida. this is what we couldn't understand, what the jury was thinking. if you thought in this individual was guilty of attempted murder, how could there be no decision when it involved a death of the individual. was there an answer from what
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the juror said? >> well, this juror gave everything a lot of insight into what went on in the jury room. you had 12 people that had to dlish rate and lisp to the evidence. problem listen to the juror, two and three jurors were convinced they had a doubt about self-defence. in other words they bout the self-defence argument, including the stand your ground instruction, preventing them coming back with a guilty verdict. the insight is helpful to the defense and prosecution, the next time the case is retried in front of a new 12 member jury. >> i want to read state government that juror number four said. she said:
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>> she did say that she felt that mr dunn was guilty of the murder, but also what she's referring to here has to do with the shots. that is to say the jury convicted him of the attempted murder because the vehicle was moving away when he continued to fire, right. >> well, it's interesting. i mean, there could be a lot of interpretations to that. clearly she is saying the sequence, the time that it took to fire the shots entered into the deliberations. there's a reason they were able to come back of guilty of attempted second degree murder, not first degree murder, but guilty of the lesser included crimes on counts two, three and four of attempted murder. we are left with the main charge, first degree murder, of the timing, how they were over a period of time, on a time line, that three of them had a not
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guilty verdict in their lines because of self-defence. again, our attention needs to be drawn back after the case is conconcluded as to whether the stand your ground law plays a part in causing confusion or a problem with juries coming back with unanimous verdict in self-defence cases where the stand your ground law is applied. >> throughout the discussions and dlibations you said you were concerned going after the murder one charge, how hard it would be to get a conviction, where if the prosecutor made is a different decision, it may have been different. how does that play on, going forward, when the prosecutor says she's going to go again? >> now that the prosecutors knows that three jurors wanted a not guilty for self-defence, i
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think the prosecution needs to focus and redouble their efforts on making sure they get the message across to the next jury, that the jury has the power to give great weight, some weight or no weight at all to the testimony of mr dunn, and we expect him to take the stand because self-defence is an affirmative defence. if the prosecution shows the next jury that they have the power to disbelief, not give credit to the testimony of mr dunn, you may be able to close the gap and convince the 12 jurors that he is guilty, and there is no reasonable doubt on the self-defence issue. >> and a last thought about jordan davis's parents, they have been out, they are concerned about getting justice for their son. have they handled this the right way, when we know there's going
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to be additional prosecution going forward? >> i think so. they have handled this with grace, like any family under the circumstances with a son that has been killed. they handled it well. they gave credibility to the process of having a child of mr dunn. they have given credit to the jury trying to do the right thing, and do justice, and made statements that the jury acted in good faith. the family has been well composed and did everything appropriate under these circumstances. >> criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. thank you for your insight throughout the trial. >> thank you for having me. >> when we return to "america tonight", growing a future. >> the village was dead for 47 years. by bringing people back, we bring soil back to the land, we bring it to life again. >> why the jordan river valley
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may be hopes more middle east peace. >> and later - silicon valley. >> who you are and what you've done is less than your ideas and how ambitious you are and where you can take it >> if they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere - new york, new york. opening doors ... opening possibilities. taking the impossible from lab ... to life. on techknow, our scientists bring you a sneak-peak of the future, and take you behind the scenes at our evolving world. techknow - ideas, invention, life. on al jazeera america
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consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the government shutdown. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what.
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>> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete? real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america >> with a new deadline looming for the palestine-israeli peace talks looming. secretary of state john kerry met trying to find a way. the latest round hinges on one round, the jordan river valley. it's an israeli occupied strip of the jordan river. running along the west bank.
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>> all his life this man has been a farmer. with the help of his son he harvests egg plants in fields he rents. but for this 53-year-old this land is not home. he lived, until he was six, on the jordan river. >> he was forced to move to these fields with his family. >> my home is down by the river. i consider the place i grew up, where i was born, our land, where we used to be free. >> israeli has the keys to his old farm. this man is, too, a farmer. beyond the security gate, beyond the mile-wide security zone, he harvests 6,000 date palms. this is one of the regions prized plots, a few hundred feet from the border with jordan.
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>> there's not too much land elsewhere. this is the only land available to walk and cultivate. >> the jordan valley is a flash point in the israeli-palestine peace talks. the u.s. is trying to create a plan to ease concerns and transition the plan from israeli to palestine control. >> for his rail the valley is security. israel floods the area with farms and military to create a buffer. mining are planted through the valley. the sound of jets - the air force uses this as a training space. palestinians are not allowed here. yakko's farmers are from thailand. >> it is a bit silly to have a palestinian following the army, asking permission to go to the border. it's a bit silly.
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>> why? some of this land is palestine. >> it's my land. >> the story of palestine people is the story of a farmer who lost his land. >> down the land this man is trying to take back the land one village at a time. he's been an activist for decades. >> i studied what martin luther king did, gandhi, nelson mandela. >> they need the valley. >> the jordan valley is the food basket. the jordan valley has the borders. we can't have free import or export without it. >> he fights the occupation not with weapons, but hammers and nails. he advocates nonviolence. today he is trying to repopulate
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a village. by bringing people back we bring soil back to the land and bring it to life. >> they sleep in tents,ate cold breakfasts. and they chant that the occupation needs to end, a few feet from armed israeli soldiers. a few hours later, at about 1am the soldiers moved in. they used stun grenade, rounding up hundreds of activists, but they refused to be intimidated. nearby in an organization ambulance, he patched up a victim. soldiers drove the campaign out. other activists picked up where he left off. in the jordan valley they create a village called joseph. >> we will sleep in the open
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with no fear. proof we are the rightful owners of the land. for a few hours israeli soldiers left them alone and approached them with cameras. as soon as the palestinians opened a tent, the soldiers shut them down. calmly the soldiers arrested the activists, they did not resist. but this nonviolent resistance we are trying to impose peace. we want the israeli establishment to under there is a cost and price of occupation and apartheid. >> that price is being paid by israeli farmers. israel's settlement has led to boycotts. israeli farmers lost $30 million in sales. they are willing to give up profits. israel is discussing annexing the jordan valley.
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to show me why, high on the hill of a farm, the local mayor shows an abandoned military outpost. for his rail this is strategic depth. we are what stops anything vicious coming from the east. >> israel resisting the plan to move troops out, israel insists on keeping security in its own hands. >> i don't believe that any prime minister will give up the jordan valley for any agreement. >> i hope we'll have faith. i don't see it happening in my life. until then we carry on living, making living. we still have to bring bread to the table. yakko will continue his date farming and hozo and his family
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will live on land they don't consider home. >> john kerry is more interested in the israeli people that give rights to the palestine people. >> until the u.s. can find a solution acceptable to both sides, the dispute over the jordan valley will prevent israelis and palestinians from finding peace. >> looking ahead on the program - on the front lines with the taliban. >> an ambush, and questions about the strength of the taliban today. a special fault lines investigation on thursday - on the front line with the taliban. ahead in final thoughts - new york city getting in tune with technology, the workforce in silicon alley.
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>> finally from us this hour, technology is of course a staple in all our lives. it is also changing where jobs are today and who's filling them. the high tech center was once centered in the silicon valley. but new york city's silicon alley is not only now creating more jobs but more job equality as well. >> for many years, people thought new york was a one horse town, thriving on a financial sector. but there's a new horse in town. since 2007 the tech industry has grown 11%, adding 2600 jobs and nearly $6 billion in wages. >> new york has been able to grab on to the rise of the new wave of technology, advertising
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financial services, publishing all the things that new york is good at, are things that are -- that the technology has been sort of driving off of. >> that makes tech the second largest contributor to the private sector behind finance as and real estate. but the tech boom has another benefit, it's bringing jobs to the boroughs and also to another kind of workers. >> what new york has is these outlying boroughs that are still partly of the city, that are cheaper, and where you can set up at a relatively low expense. that's kind of what's happened here, a spreading out of the jobs to other parts of new york. this is fantastic in terms of creating opportunity for minorities in new york. >> for example, queens has 2.2 million residents half of whom were born outside of the u.s. making convenes one of the most diverse communities in the entire country.
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queens native ju kai su started a tech company. >> you don't necessarily have to go to an elite institution to break into the industry. so i think that presents an amazing opportunity, if we can teach people and provide the skills to students and people from kind of diverse communities here in queens and also from low to moderate income backgrounds it's a tremendous opportunity for mobility, increasing people's income. >> the numbers back him up. there's 25% more african americans, and for hispanic hispanics also. william atundi, his company connects artistsen online. he says new york's tech boom is the great social equalizer. >> not a cloi
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cloistered thing, it's a universal phenomenon. who you are and what you've done matters less than your ideas and how ambitious you are and where you can take it. >> that will level the playing field greatly. morgan radford, al jazeera new york. >> that does it for us tonight. if you want to comment on any of our stories log on to our website, aljazeera.com/americatonight. we will have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. hi, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. here are the top stories we are following. ukraine's president agreed to a truce with opposition leaders wednesday, the two sides met and viktor yanukovych called off
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